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What Do I Want To Leave My Children and Grandchildren? Riches in Christ and a Godly Legacy

What do I want to leave my children and grandchildren when I leave this present world?

It would be nice to leave them a few riches in material goods, but I don’t know how much of that is going to happen.  But much more important than that, I want to leave them riches in Christ.  I want to leave them a godly legacy.

What do I want to leave my children and grandchildren when I leave this present world? I want to leave them riches in Christ.  I want to leave them a godly legacy.

I sure wish I did better at following the commandments of these verses.  Unfortunately, I think I utter a lot more things that what these verses tell me to utter.

Psalms 78:1-3  Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

I would first of all emphasize:

GIVE EAR – Listen!
My own heart – listen!
My people, my family, my children, my grandchildren!  Listen to the Word of God!
Listen and take to heart God’s instructions!
I repeat  Incline your ears – bend them down and pay close attention to God’s Word.
Listen as I UTTER DARK SAYINGS OF OLD: – Listen to examples from God’s Word – examples that can help and change your life and keep you from a life of sin.  
Listen as I tell you what great things the Lord has done for us.
How many people hear God’s Word and then “hide” it from others.  They are silent, never telling even their own children and grandchildren the wondrous works of God, never praising the Lord and giving Him glory for His strength and His marvelous works.  
Psalms 78:4-8  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.


It is God who made a permanent law with Israel, His children, and He commanded them to make them known to their descendants


He commanded them to teach their children so they in turn could tell their children so they too could know them and in turn tell their children


When they listen, they will trust and hope in God and not forget His great works, but will  keep His commandments

As we  pass these things on continually we can pray that our children will listen and take them to heart.  

We can pray that they will not be as the generation that was stubborn and rebellious, hard hearted and unsettled, unfaithful and uncommitted to the one and only true God who loved them and gave Himself for them.

Are you uttering dark sayings of old?  Why not ask the Lord to help you start today, repeating over and over the wondrous works of God.

As we praise Him and live out our faith before our children they will realize that it is God alone who satisfies our longing souls and fills our souls with goodness.

Psalms 107:8-9 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Listen to this quote from a parenting book (aff. link) I’m reading, a book that would be great to add to your library or give as a gift to a new parent or any parent.  🙂

 We parents do well when we persistently teach theology to the little ones God has entrusted to us. Tether every command, demand, order, instruction, encouragement, and lesson to God’s Word, not you. Work with God, not against Him.  (Friel, Todd. Reset for Parents: How to Keep Your Kids from Backsliding (Kindle Locations 675-677). New Leaf Press. Kindle Edition) – AFF LINK

Read Here about some things I ought to do as a parent, grand parent, or instructor, using the examples in the Bible to teach my children truth:

As I get older,  it is more and more clear how little time we have on this earth.  
As the Bible says, life is a vapor that appears for just a little while and then vanishes away!  Isn’t that a humbling thought?  
May I never take my time with my family for granted for it is the only time I have to show them who Christ is and what He can do for them. 
I want to live in such a way before them and repeat the Word of God over and over so that their desire will be to love and serve Christ whole-heartedly.